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News, information and opinions from Massachusetts disability rights advocates.

MA Bills Filed

March 2021: Identical House and Senate bills have been filed to legalize physician assisted suicide. The status of the bills are that they have been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. The bills already have a significant number of legislator supporters. Conventional wisdom says that not much will happen until after the budget is complete, however, everyone is encouraged to share your opposition with your legislators early and often! An Act relative to end of life options Please read the entire bill, which include many more sections than shown below. For instance, do you agree with Section 14(e): ...
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NM Assisted Suicide Law

Newsweek published this piece written by the Patients Rights Action Fund Executive Director, Matt Valliere, on the flaws in the New Mexico assisted suicide law. Below are excerpts - read the entire article at Newsweek.com. "In the midst of a pandemic, the New Mexico state legislature ignored the needs of its constituents—many of whom lack basics like reliable electricity and running water, never mind basic medical care—in favor of passing a dangerous and discriminatory assisted suicide law. This and similar policies in other states have proven the failure of proponents to safeguard the people most susceptible to abuse, mistakes and ...
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2012 Voting Stats

2012 Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 on physician assisted suicide, voting results by town. Summary: Should a doctor be legally allowed to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient's request, to end that patient's life? Source: archive.boston.com "Difference" measures percent difference between no and yes votes ...
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